Salaah

Lady Leading Taraweeh

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Q: 1. Can a Haafidha (female who memorised the Quran) lead other girls in salaah (i.e. be imaam)?

2. Can a girl or haafida performing Taraweeh on her own read loud?

A:
Salaah in Jamaat for ladies with one lady as Imam is Makrooh tahreemi, even in Taraaweeh. (Durr V1 P609).

She can read so loud that she can hear herself.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:27

Ladies reading Taraweeh in Musjid

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Q: I wanted to know if we read taraweeh in a mosque with the imam, how do we read esha salah? And do we read witr after taraweeh? How do we read esha before taraweeh so we can start with the imam?

A:
It is best for a lady to perform all her Salaahs at home.

If you do attend the mosque then why do you not follow the Imam in Esha?
If you do not, then make your own Esha and then join the Imam in Taraaweeh. Make the Fardh and two Sunnah of Esha and thereafter join the Imam.
You will make the Witr after Taraaweeh.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Sister not Praying

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Q: What can I do for my sister who does not pray 5 times a day? I told her already to pray but shes still not praying.

A:
Encourage her with kindness regularly. Have Ta'leem for a few minutes in the home daily.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Maximum Period for Qasr

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Q: For how long can one shorten prayers while on a journey? (How many days maximum).

A:
The criterion for Qasr Salaah is the distance being travelled and the duration of stay at the temporary venue. One who travels 77.7 km or more and will stay at a place for 14 days or less, qualifies as a Musaafir. If a person is travelling this distance or more, Qasr Salaah will commence as soon as the person leaves the border of his hometown.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Salaah after Asr

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Q: I read a hadith about two prostrations after asr. Which are they? I've been told not to pray anything after asr till magrib.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 565: Sahih Al Bukhari: Narrated Hisham's father: Aisha radhiallahu anha (addressing me) said, "O son of my sister! The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam never missed two prostrations (i.e. Rakat) after the 'Asr prayer in my house."

A:
The commentator of Hadeeth explains that this was not for the Ummah, but was only for Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.

The general rule is that Nafl is not performed after asr and this is the instruction in other Hadeeth.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Rules of Qasr Salaah

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Q: If a person is in journey then he would offer qasr salaah. If he goes out firstly for 1 week and then comes home and offersregular salaah and he again goes out with the intention of being in journey for 2 weeks and again comes home to see his parents, then in those two weeks Qasr would be wajib again? What should be the criteria for Qasr salaah and when it should be offered as Qasr?

A: Qasr Salaah is a gift from Allah Ta'aala to this Ummat. The criterion for Qasr Salaah is the distance being travelled and the duration of stay at the temporary venue. One who travels 77.7 km or more and will stay at a place for 14 days or less, qualifies as a Musaafir. If a person is travelling this distance or more, Qasr Salaah will commence as soon as the person leaves the border of his hometown.

When making Qasr, the four Rakaats Fardh of Zohar, Asr and Eshaa will be reduced to two. This will apply when performing Salaah alone or behind an Imam who is also a Musaafir. The Fardh of Fajr and Maghrib will remain the same. If when reaching another place en-route, a resident of the area is the Imam, then the Musaafir follower will perform the full Salaah behind this resident Imam.

The Sunnah Mu'akkadah Salaahs attached to each Salaah also become optional when on journey, but if time and circumstances allow, they should be performed.

The Witr of Eshaa is Waajib, so it must also be performed.

If a Salaah became Qadhaa while travelling, it will later be performed as Qasr, even if one is back home when fulfilling that Qadhaa. 

After returning home, full Salaah will be made. When journeying again for the minimum distance or more, Qasr will be made, irrespective of the amount of days one remains at home between two journeys.

Whenever returning to one's home town, full Salaah will be made.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reading Salaah without a Pants

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Q: Please advise if a lady can wear a single garb (abaya) without a pants when reading Salaah when it is a very hot day. Obviously underwear will be worn at all times.

A:
Wearing of trousers/pants by females has been praised in the Hadeeth. A Hadeeth mentions that the pants provides more concealment and is a protection for women. While expressing his happiness, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) also made Du'aa of forgiveness thrice for those females among the Ummah who wear trousers. (Al Aadaab Bayhaqi V2 P194).

If the abaaya is thick, not see-through and no portion is exposed during the Salaah because of the movements, the Salaah will be valid but modesty demands that she wear a pants.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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